2.10.2011

It's All About The Cake

So, in less than 2 months my sweet baby girl will be turning 2! That just amazes me! Where in the world has time gone? It seems like just yesterday that I was bringing her home from the hospital. I don't want to her to get any bigger! *tear* She is just so perfect the way she is right now. She is a handful but she is so smart for her age, does more than she should be doing for a one-year-old, is sweet, affectionate, incredibly loving and so happy. Everywhere we go she will say hi to EVERYONE {even people who ignore her} and brighten their day with a silly joke and that cute girly smile she does oh so well! Nevertheless, my baby is growing up. Her birthday is April 9th {the same as my Dad!} and this year it just happens to fall on a Saturday so that will also be the day I have her party. I'm super excited about her party! My wonderful Aunt has offered to let us have the party at her new house {a brand new giant 6 bedroom house on top of a hill that they are barely still moving into!} and I am so completely grateful for that. We have a huge family so even if everyone doesn't show up, we are still looking at 30 people at the least {not counting my friends and their children}. Last year I had her party at a park, but since it's in April, California weather is a little hard to predict. We got lucky last year and it was a very nice day.

So last year the theme of her party was Tinkerbell. I was going to do her cake and was so excited because it was going to look like a combination of these 2 cakes:



I started working on the details 2 days before the party. I had all the supplies I needed, including the fondant, gum paste, 12-pack icing colors {for the gum paste coloring}, tool kit, cake pans, and a Tinkerbell cake topper. I had every little detail already hand-crafted and colored to perfection by the night before her party. Every little ball, leaf, flower, etc. was all ready to go. All I had to do the night before was bake the cake, cover with the fondant, and add the details. The easiest {and most fun} part! Well, I had been doing so much running around and work that day and was up until midnight baking the cake. When the cake was done, I was so eager to get it finished that I didn't let the cake cool before applying the buttercream. Let's just say disaster struck and the cake layers ended up breaking in 2! There was no way of trying to save it. And believe me, I tried! And since it was about 2am at that time, there was no way of going to the store and buying everything I needed to make another cake. I was so upset that all of that hard work had been wasted because I couldn't wait just an extra hour or so to let my cake cool completely before trying to finish it. So my attempt at last year's cake was an epic fail! I bought a Costco cake the morning of her party and called it a day.

This year I will be doing her cake...again. And I will succeed! Because I am going to be patient and not try to spread myself too thin by doing EVERYTHING myself. I have all of these people offering to help me who actually WANT to help! And I never let them. Maybe it's because I don't want to put anyone through the trouble, maybe it's because I feel bad for relying on others, or maybe it's because I am slightly a control freak and want everything to be perfect. Either way, this year I am going to take full advantage of the generous offers I get from people wanting to help out. I am very grateful {and incredibly lucky!} to have such people in my life. And I'm starting the planning early. I want to make cupcakes and cookies, which I have already enlisted a friend to help me with. I have asked my Mom to help me with making sure everything goes smooth for the bounce house and am having my sister help with the decorating. Something that she is very excited to do for some reason. Which gives me plenty of time to focus on the cake. I know a lot of you are probably thinking that I am completely insane for making a 2 year old's party such a big deal. By the way I'm talking, you would think I was planning a wedding {something that I still have to do later this year}! Ha! But cut me a break. This is my baby. My only child and the only grandchild in our family. So it's not just me who is excited to do this kind of stuff.

Anyway, this year I have decided that her theme is going to be Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She is obsessed with this show and the music. I even had to download the songs to my iPod! So, today I was browsing Google Images trying to get an idea of what I want to do with her cake. Here are some of the few that I came across:





I usually end up sketching out my design using ideas I have seen. Although I am not sure if I want to make a cake and decorate it with the theme or actually attempt doing the clubhouse itself. We will see. I also found a great idea for the invitations. I will keep you all posted on how it all turns out. I am not rushing completely into it just yet! :-)

7 comments:

  1. All of the cakes are amazing. I can't wait to see what you come up with! I wouldn't even know where to start if I tried baking a cake!

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  2. Go for it girl! My friend Amy and I made this cake in November for her little boy and it was not as difficult as it looks!
    http://gordanierfamily.blogspot.com/2010/11/lot-of-cake.html

    Your story about her tinkerbell cake broke my heart (for you). You are such a good mama.

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  3. Thanks, girls! You made me feel so much better about attempting this cake! :-)

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  4. Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!
    http://heavenlysavings.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! GREAT cakes! *I'm* not much of a cake decorator myself. LOL

    Jessy

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  6. Those are a an amazing set of cakes! WOW! i am your newest follower of your blog. can't wait to look around some more! :) come follow me back so we can keep in touch!

    www.justcherishtoday.com

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  7. Wow! You are such an ambitious cake maker! I've had many cake disasters myself. By coincidence I had another one tonight. We celebrated my son's first birthday today and after I was done with the cake, the thing looked like my baby decorated it--can't wait to see your cake.

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